Friday, January 15, 2010 at 7:00pm
297 NW 23 Street
From: Todd Michaels, Esq.
As we all know, the devastation that has occurred in Haiti is beyond comprehension. I donâ€™t think that there is any way to imagine how dire the situation actually is. Despite Haitiâ€™s beauty and the beauty of its people, its recent history has been a history of torment and destitution. Finally things seemed to be slowly getting better, and we get this awful reminder of how fragile Haiti is. The destruction is on an unimaginable scale, and we need to help. This may be the biggest humanitarian crisis that any of us will see in our lifetimes, and early reports are saying that there may even be 500,000 lives lost.
As many of you know, Haiti has played a large role in my life. I am on the board of two organizations that work closely with Haiti, and was there this past March with my close friend, Melky Jean, the sister of Wyclef, and our foundation, Carma-Haiti. Many of you have contacted me asking how you can help. The powers that be are asking people not to come to the island, as the situation is too critical for that. The best thing that can be done is to give money and/or goods to large organizations that are established on the ground in Haiti. Here is one way that you can help.
This Friday, January 15, 2010, I am hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Haitian relief effort. Please see the attached flyer for details. The event will feature performances by Kymani and Julian Marley, as well as Melky Jean. Our co-hosts include An Easy Production, Carma Foundation, Love Over all Foundation, the Workshop, Julian Marley, Cedella Marley, Kymani Marley, Melky Jean, Marlon Hill, Cassandra Theramene, Jose Ortiz, Cathy Goodall, Corey Corciari, Ivette Naranjo, and myself. All proceeds and donations will be split between Project Medishare, which is sending doctors and supplies to Haiti, and the Carma Foundation which has boats bringing supplies to Haiti and teams on the ground. The venue and all artists have agreed to donate their proceeds to the foundations.
The event lasts from 7PM-midnight, and a minimum donation of $20 dollars is required (donation gets you a complimentary drink). Anything above that is appreciated and needed. You can donate beforehand online and print out a receipt, or donate at the door. Non-Perishable items such as blankets, clothes, etc. will also be collected. The location is Cafeina lounge located at 297 NW 23rd Street in the Miami Design District, at the corner of 23rd street and NW 2 Avenue.
I would urge you please to attend, or at the very least, to donate online. The people of Haiti need all that we can give right now, plain and simple.